United Nations chief to brief Security Council on Myanmar on Thursday

Posted September 27, 2017

Ever since the latest flare-up of violence against the community in Myanmar this year, almost 4 lakh Rohingyas have fled the state, pouring into nearby countries like Bangladesh seeking refuge.

In a separate statement issued in Geneva, seven experts empowered by the United Nations to look into human rights issues called on Myanmar's government to halt violence against its minority Rohingya Muslim community and stop persecution and rights violations that have been described as an example of ethnic cleansing.

Even though Do Suan did not identify any of the nations, many of them spoke about the plight of the Rohingya Muslim refugees, almost 4,20,000 of the Rohingyas have fled Myanmar to seek refuge in Bangladesh fearing persecution.

Hindu villagers in the Yebawkya area told the AFP news agency that Rohingya militants attacked their communities on 25 August, killing many and taking others into the forest.

Yet another mass grave containing bodies of 17 more Hindus has been discovered in Myanmar's conflict-torn northern Rakhine state.

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Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano over the weekend released a statement as the chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on the crisis in Rakhine state without referring to abuses of Myanmar authorities against Rohingya Muslims.

Azmi said that the violence perpetrated against the Rohingya (and their resulting exodus from Myanmar) is part of a clearly-targeted campaign against the Muslim minority.

And governments with significant Muslim populations could also feel the heat on how they handle the Rohingya issue.

Rights bodies said actions against the Rohingyas were disproportionate as Rohingya villages were burned down, men killed and women raped.

Frightened and dispossessed ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Hindus, who have largely fled south, say they see no future alongside their former Muslim neighbours. Suu Kyi failed to quell outrage over the plight of the Rohingya when she delivered a nationwide address last week in which she appealed for patience.

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The UN refugee agency on Tuesday urged countries to double their aid to almost half a million Rohingya refugees who have fled to Bangladesh from violence in Myanmar, warning that hardship in the packed refugee camps could worsen further.

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been facing worldwide pressure for her handling of the violence against Rohingyas.

"At the same time, DAP urges Wisma Putra to exhaust all diplomatic means necessary to press the Government of Myanmar for a speedy resolution and an end to the unnecessary violence in our region", he added. It also "expressed grave concerns over such atrocities which have unleashed a full-scale humanitarian crisis".

Underlining that the Rohingya have been living in the region for centuries, Siddiki said, "In 1982, the Rohingya were stripped of their nationality; it is their inalienable right to live there with full dignity as nationals of that country."Violence has occasionally broken out for the last 40 years, and the latest military crackdown on August 25 triggered an exodus of Rohingya to the Bangladeshi border".

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